Woman fined after selling stolen goods to Louth store


A woman sold stolen property at a Louth store on behalf of burglars, a court has been told.

Leanne Josephine Murphy, 34, of Tunnard Street, Grimsby, admitted handling stolen property when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday.

The court heard that two men had been charged with burglary of a house at Swallow Drive, in Louth, on March 13 when computer equipment and games were stolen.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that Murphy went with the two men concerned into Louth town centre by taxi and she sold a pink net book and 21 Xbox games to Cash Converters in Upgate for £60.

When the police interviewed her, she denied involvement in the burglary itself but admitted taking the stolen property to be sold.

Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes said Murphy had had an alcohol problem and the offence had been motivated to buy alcohol as she had been paid £10 to take the stolen items into the store.

However, she said that Murphy said she had now been alcohol free for several months.

Murphy was fined £75 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.